The flavours of Indonesia and Malaysia are something that I can’t get enough of. The spicy and tropical aromas are perfectly combined for enjoying on the balcony on a summer’s evening. It is a style I continuously return to and have developed some recipes for those times that I can’t afford a plane ticket.
I will admit, that the first time I had authentic Pad Thai, I didn’t like it. I was in Bangkok; it was my first trip to Asia and perhaps I wasn’t prepared for the intensity of the locally prepared dish? Or perhaps as I wasn’t feeling 100%, I’d have been inclined to reject any food offered to me? Perhaps I didn’t like that they had left the tails on the prawns? (Yes, you’re reading a vegetarian recipe, I however am not vegetarian). Whatever it was, despite originally finding it distasteful, authentic Pad Thai has become one of my regular meals. I now find that anything on offer in my home country to be disappointing. For the occasions that I can’t afford a plane ticket, I have developed some recipes for my (now) favourite dishes so that I can enjoy authentic flavour at home.
Kuala Lumpur – Where a trans woman can be in a public bathroom, fixing her lipstick in the mirror next to a Muslim woman adjusting her headscarf, without either woman feeling uncomfortable or threatened.